There is a multitude of stories, both shared and untold, that may have a common denominator: crack. There may be young women who would turn to prostitution for a few bucks, just so they could buy crack; or men who would dip into their children’s savings to finance their addiction to cocaine. The stories are endless.
But what is crack? A post on DrugFree.org shares information about the substance. Cocaine goes by a number of names. Aside from crack, other slang terms that refer to it are as follows: Big C, Blow, Coke, Flake, Freebase, Lady, Nose Candy, Rock, Snow, Snowbirds, White Crack.
Cocaine is essentially a drug that is extracted from the leaves of the coca plant, and is known to be one of the most addictive of illicit drugs. Cocaine that can be found on the street comes in two forms: cocaine hydrochloride and crack. Cocaine hydrochloride is a white crystalline powder, while crack is cocaine hydrochloride that is processed with ammonia or baking soda, and water. This process yields freebase cocaine in the form of chips, chunks or rocks.
Cocaine is used in several ways. It can be snorted, or dissolved in water and then injected. Crack can also be smoked. Its users experience a high that will leave them more energized and less tired, and they can also experience mental clarity. These feelings, however, do not last for long; snorting cocaine will leave users high for 15 to 30 minutes, while smoking crack can only bring a high that will last for 5 to 10 minutes. What will follow is depression and irritability.